Shimano Shadow+ mechs
Mentally building my next bike (180mm travel with springs instead of air, probably 1×10), and I like the idea of the clutch mechs but honestly don’t know enough about them – for example:
Can you run them open, clutch off, for climbing and retain ease of shifting?
Is their spring then the same as their standard shadow non-clutch equivalent, or is it shifter? I have chosen to run SLX iver XT before because of the heavier springs – I trust this has carried across too?
Anyone who’s used both got any advice?
Cheers y’all!Posted 4 years agomintimperialSubscriber
I rode with the clutch off on my mech last week (my mate put the wheel back in after a very hurried tube-change in horizontal hail and rain, not his fault, I forgot to check). Anyway, a few miles later I ended up with proper chainstay-mangling, stuck-behind-the-rings chainsuck and had to pull the crank off to get it back out again. So I think running it with the clutch off is a bad idea.
On the other hand, if you can’t shift with the clutch on you need to do some thumb exercises, you **** jessie, it’s not hard. And I say that as a scrawny get with arms like wet string.Posted 4 years agomintimperialSubscriber
With clutch off, ss their spring the same as their standard shadow non-clutch equivalent?
No, I don’t think so, based on my experience I think it’s probably a little bit weaker. This is an XT Shadow+ mech, for the record. The whole drive-train is pretty new and I’d not have expected it to suffer from chainsuck yet.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Yeah, that seems right to me too, though I’m not doing a totally fair compare- my 9-speed XT feels stiffer sprung than my shadow+.
But, there’s no reason to switch the clutch off when riding. You may feel a difference, but it’s not one that matters. (most SHimano shifters are too light action anyway IMO)Posted 4 years agosvalgisMember
I honestly don’t feel a difference with clutch on or off on my Zee mech, and that’s coming from someone with girlier little hands than a 10 year old girl.
If it’s really causing a problem for some people I suspect there’s something wrong with their hands or mech or both.
Don’t worry about it.Posted 4 years ago
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